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Fitbit has come a long way and continues to be the top fitness tracker. And now, it is seen as an eye catching fashion accessory and a fitness bling statement. Fitbit's newest models are now at the intersection of advanced health tracking and high end fashion. Fitbit has accomplished the combination of beautiful design and personal health information. Check out the new wrist candy and all the cool features it has to offer here >> See the HOTTEST new Fitbits!

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Awaken Your Sleeping Beauty With This Sleep Tracker

Sleep is the new hot topic and from what science tells us, it is the holy grail of health. If you can track it, you can optimize it. If you can optimize it, you can benefit from it. This hot new sleep tracker by Hello is the perfect sleep tracker for the perfect price. There is beauty in health, and it needs to be awakened. But before that, let's get the best sleep of our lives. If your VR headset lenses have stopped fogging up, you can learn more here: Sense Sleep Tracker on Amazon

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Will health sensors make humans immortal?

Not so fast! We need to get from here to there. Today, health/behavior monitoring and quantification sensors are all the rage. The Fitbit, a wearable sensor, is one of the more popular wearable tech devices for tracking your health. Fitbit tracks your activity (steps), diet, and even your sleep patterns. You can interact with the Fitbit using a series of tapping sequences and the Fitbit syncs all your data with your phone and computer. Then the process is to quantify, analyze, and optimize your wake and sleep life. Doing all this will not help you avoid your ultimate demise, but it could contribute to a longer life, and better yet, one where you're in better health along your life's time-line. The concept is that if you are monitoring your activity, food, and sleep, you can make adjustments to improve these areas; thus better health. The Fitbit Flex is only $99! Get started Buy directly from Fitbit

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Voluntary Recall Notice of Happy Harvest Canned Spinach Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergen from Product Mislabeling

FDA Recalls: April 21, 2018
McCall Farms, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of cases of Happy Harvest Spinach in 13.5 oz cans as a precautionary measure due to the potential presence of peanuts resulting from product mislabeling. This product may cause an allergic reaction in customers who have a peanut allergy.

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Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Italy. You Just Can’t Eat or Smoke Them.

New York Times - Well: April 21, 2018
The new cannabis product has created a booming but unregulated economy in Italy. Is it a bubble waiting to be burst?

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Large Candida auris outbreak linked to multi-use thermometers in UK ICU

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 21, 2018
Outbreaks of the fungal pathogen Candida auris in healthcare settings, particularly in intensive care units (ICUs), may be linked to multi-use patient equipment, such as thermometers, according to new research.

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New infection prevention tool improve transparency and standardization of practice

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 21, 2018
Researchers developed a new color-coded visual tool called Infection Risk Scan, or IRIS, which is set to make it easier for healthcare workers to measure in which areas a hospital complies with guidelines and where it needs to implement measures to improve infection control and the use antimicrobial therapies, according to new research.

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West Nile virus reemerged and spread to new areas in Greece in 2017

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 21, 2018
West Nile virus (WNV), which is transmitted via mosquito bites, reemerged and spread to new territories of Greece in 2017 following a two-year hiatus in reported human cases, according to new findings. Greece provides the appropriate ecological and climatic conditions for WNV circulation. The virus has been established in Greece and disease transmission may continue in the future.

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Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 21, 2018
Genetic recombination is vital to natural selection, yet some species display far more crossover than others. Scientists have discovered a gene in fruit flies that is responsible for the evolution of these recombination rates.

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Measles serious threat for babies, toddlers, unvaccinated youths

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 21, 2018
The vast majority of measles cases in Europe were reported in unvaccinated patients, and children younger than two years old were at a higher risk of dying from measles than older patients, according to new research.

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E. coli's internal bomb may provide novel target for treatment strategy

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 21, 2018
Bacteria's internal bomb, the so-called toxin-antitoxin (TA) system that is part of the normal bacterial makeup, may be triggered to make bacteria turn on themselves, providing a valuable target for novel antimicrobial approaches in drug design, according to new research.

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Permanent Birth Control: His and Her Options

WebMD: April 21, 2018
If you're sure you don't want kids, find out from WebMD what's involved with permanent birth control options like vasectomy and tubal ligation.

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Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

BBC Health: April 21, 2018
One the UK's biggest providers of home care - Allied Healthcare - seeks a rescue plan.

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Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

BBC Health: April 21, 2018
Health ministers call on company to lower price of the drug Orkambi so that the NHS can afford it.

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Through His Eyes

New York Times - Well: April 21, 2018
Finding out my teenage son Oliver is gay was big — and no big deal. And he made me face my own straight privilege.

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FDA authorizes new use of test, first to identify the emerging pathogen Candida auris

FDA US Food & Drug: April 20, 2018
FDA authorized the first test to identify the emerging pathogen Candida auris, which can cause serious infections in hospitalized patients.

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Panel Recommends FDA Approval of Epilepsy Drug Derived from Marijuana

Scientific American: Health: April 20, 2018
Decision paves path to the U.S.'s first medication made from marijuana -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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UnityPoint Health System hit with cyberattack affecting 16,000 patients

Healthcare IT News: April 20, 2018
Hospital is advising patients to monitor their explanation of benefits statements to keep an eye suspicious-looking activity.

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How one community hospital earned HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7

Healthcare IT News: April 20, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital shares lessons learned on the strategies it set and the challenges overcame to hit the highest level of IT adoption.

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Many U.S. kids with brain injuries not getting needed rehab

Reuters Health News: April 20, 2018
(Reuters Health) - Many children hospitalized in the U.S. for brain injuries don't receive all the rehabilitation services needed for them to potentially make a full recovery, a new study suggests.

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A Big Belly Bad for Your Heart

WebMD: April 20, 2018
Those with a normal BMI (an estimate of overall body fat based on height and weight) but high levels of belly fat were about twice as likely to have a heart attack, procedures to open blocked arteries, or to die from heart problems during the follow-up than people without belly fat.

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Wrist Device Shows Promise for Hand Tremors

WebMD: April 20, 2018
Essential tremor affects upwards of 7 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Neurology. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure.

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U.S. biotech companies Alnylam, Dicerna settle trade secrets case

Reuters Health News: April 20, 2018
BOSTON (Reuters) - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Friday that Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc will pay it $25 million in cash and stock to resolve a lawsuit claiming it stole trade secrets about gene-silencing technology used to develop drug treatments.

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Opioid Scripts Down, But Anti-Addiction Meds Up

WebMD: April 20, 2018
The number of people in the U.S. who received new prescriptions for medications to treat opioid addiction nearly doubled during 2017, from 42,000 to 82,000 per month.

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Nearly a year since WannaCry and all 200 National Health Service trusts failed cybersecurity assessments

Healthcare IT News: April 20, 2018
Some NHS units failed because the Cyber Essentials Plus sets a high bar, while others simply have not patched their systems appropriately, the U.K. Commons Public Accounts committee found.

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The US army has made a virtual North Korea to train its soldiers

New Scientist Health News: April 20, 2018
The US army has built a system that can quickly create virtual locations for soldiers to train in. It took only three days to make North and South Korea

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Distant Jupiter-like world may be the darkest planet ever found

New Scientist Health News: April 20, 2018
The clouds on WASP-104b – an exoplanet orbiting a star 466 light years away – have been swept away by radiation, leaving a surface that reflects almost no light

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Remote-control shoots laser at nano-gold to turn on cancer-killing immune cells

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
Cancer immune cell therapy has made headlines with astounding successes like saving former US President Jimmy Carter from brain cancer. But immunotherapy has also had many tragic flops. Researchers working to optimize the innovative treatment have implanted a genetic switch that activates T-cells when they are inside of tumors. Remote-control light waves resembling those used in a TV remote combine with gold nanorods to flip the switch.

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Treatment of cancer could become possible with adenovirus

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
Researchers have shown that adenovirus binds to a specific type of carbohydrate that is overexpressed on certain types of cancer cells. The discovery opens up new opportunities for the development of virus-based cancer therapy.

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Soil metals linked with cancer mortality

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
Epidemiologists and geologists have found associations between esophageal cancer and soils where lead is abundant, lung cancer and terrains with increased copper content, brain tumor with areas rich in arsenic, and bladder cancer with high cadmium levels. These statistical links do not indicate that there is a cause-effect relationship between soil type and cancer, but they suggest that the influence of metals from the earth's surface on the geographical distribution of tumors should be analyzed.

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Biomarkers for irritable bowel syndrome

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
Little is still known about the exact causes of irritable bowel syndrome. An international team has provided initial clues about the organic triggers of the disease, which affects an estimated one out of six people.

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Lupus treatment generates positive results in Phase III clinical trial

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
New research indicates that belimumab, a monoclonal antibody therapy that targets a component of the immune system, provides considerable benefits to patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a predominately female, chronic inflammatory disease that can affect virtually any organ.

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Medical chemists discover peptic ulcer treatment metallodrug effective in 'taming' superbugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
A novel solution to antimicrobial resistance -- medical chemists discover peptic ulcer treatment metallodrug effective in 'taming' superbugs.

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Fat cells seem to remember unhealthy diet

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
Fat cells can be damaged in a short amount of time when they are exposed to the fatty acid palmitate or the hormone TNF-alpha through a fatty diet, a new study shows. The researchers hope this new knowledge may be used to develop new preventive strategies for diabetes.

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Meditation could help anxiety and cardiovascular health

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
In a student-led study, one hour of mindfulness meditation shown to reduce anxiety and some cardiovascular risk markers.

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Research debunks 'myth' that strenuous exercise suppresses the immune system

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 20, 2018
New research suggests that rather than dampen immunity, endurance sports can actually boost the body's ability to fight off illness.

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Top tips on getting through hot weather with hay fever

BBC Health: April 20, 2018
With the temperature rising, here are our top tips in reducing your hay fever-induced tears.

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Grandchildren of migrants more likely to get anxiety problems

New Scientist Health News: April 20, 2018
People who migrate are at heightened risk of anxiety disorders, and these mental health problems may linger and get more severe through subsequent generations

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OC Raw Dog, LLC RECALLS one lot of Chicken, Fish & Produce BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

FDA Recalls: April 20, 2018
OC Raw Dog, LLC of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, is recalling approximately 1,560 lbs of Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation which was manufactured on 10/11/2017 with a lot number 3652 and a use by date of 10/11/18.

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